Add Months to Date

This article outlines how to add months to a date in Excel.

How to Make Excel Add Months to Date

In Excel, you can add a number of months to a date using the EDATE function.  This can be very useful when performing financial modeling and you are adjusting time periods.  This is a step by step guide on how to have Excel Add Months to Date.

For example, if you want to have a monthly financial model, you can add one month to the start date.  If you want a quarterly financial model, you can add 3 months to the start date.

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Formula: Excel Add Months to Date

=EDATE(start date, number of months)

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Example of Adding Months to Date

Follow the steps below to perform this procedure on your own:

Step 1: Ensure the starting date is properly formatted – go to Format Cells (press Ctrl + 1) and make sure the number is set to Date.

Step 2: Use the =EDATE(C3,C5) formula to add the number of specified months to the start date. Where cell C3 is equal to today’s date [the TODAY() function] and cell C5 is equal to the number 3.

Step 3: Make sure the output cell is formatted as a Date, and not as a general number (press Ctrl +1 and select Date)

Congratulations, you have now added months to a date in Excel!

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Finished product:


add months to date in Excel - add to date


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More Excel Training

Thank you for reading CFI’s step by step guide to learning how to add months in Excel.  As mentioned above, this is a very common practice in financial modeling and a very useful formula for financial analysts.  The best way to become a master at Excel is by practicing…  a lot.

To get more practice, check out these additional CFI self-study guides which will show you how to perform advanced functions and formulas:

  • Excel for Dummies
  • Index and Match Functions
  • Excel Shortcuts List
  • Important Excel Formulas
  • Free Online Courses

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